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Hurricane-inspired ‘Dark & Sandy’ cocktail from Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

If you’re willing to brave the storm, head to Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, where  bartenders are shaking up a Frankenstorm-worthy  drink, the Dark & Sandy. Those at home can use the recipe below to stir up their own stormy concoction using a drop of Sandy herself–seriously.

Dark & Sandy Cocktail


  • 4 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 4 oz. Gosling’s Rum
  • 1 Raindrop from Sandy


Make “Sandy Rim” on glass with brown sugar. Boil rainwater so it’s safe to drink. Mix ingredients, shake and pour over ice. Garnish with Lime Wedge.

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Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s Monday night wine and culinary series returns

This autumn, guests are invited to take a culinary wine tour around the world with the return of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s Wine & Dine Mondays series. Designed to both educate and entertain, the series is aimed at oenophiles of all levels. “Wine & Dine Mondays is about wonderful wines, creative food and good friends,” says Cecilia Rait, proprietress and wine director of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. Diners are invited to visit various wine regions without leaving the comfort of their seats, as Cecilia and Tracy Burgis of M.S. Walker act as virtual tour guides, moving from region to region explaining the history, curiosities and nuances of each selection. Each of the five events will be held on select Mondays during the fall, beginning on October 15th, 2012 and ending on December 3rd, 2012.   Each four-course dinner showcases four wines as well the culinary artistry of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s Executive Chef Josh Lewin, whose dishes are designed to complement each featured wine. This intimate adventure is set in communal seating to encourage conversation, laughter and fun. For $60.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included), guests are treated to four wines, a full four-course dinner and Cecilia’s and Tracy’s good cheer, humor and expertise. Reservations are encouraged as most nights sell out well in advance.

Wine and Food – How to pair like an expert 

October 15th, 2012 7:00PM

In life luck plays a large role in what we do, who we meet and who we grow old with and that is fine. But don’t leave it to luck for something important like pairing food and wine. During this educational dinner, we will discuss simple ways to make successful pairings to enhance the food, the wine and hence, the entire experience. The perfect marriage is easier when you’re in control!


Ciao from Northern Italy

October 29th, 2012 7:00PM

Most of Italy’s high quality wines come from the northern part of the country. During the course of the evening wines will be sampled from the Piedmont, Veneto and Alto Adige.

Gerard Bertrand – Wines from Languedoc/Roussillon

November 5th, 2012 7:00PM

Gerard Bertrand is one of the leading winemakers from Southern France and a former member of the French national rugby team. As November arrives and shadows lengthen, this is the perfect time to taste these earthy wines from where the sun always shines!


Rioja Wines from Northern Spain

November 19th, 2012 7:00PM

Rioja, in northern Spain, is one of the classic wine regions of Spain and the world. Rioja continues to evolve producing Tempranillo-based wines that others can only try to replicate.

Holidays and Wine – The New Sparklers and the Old Stand-bys

December 3rd, 2012 7:00PM

Wine and the holidays are a pair that will never separate. As the holiday season approaches, we will show you that the key to a great wine has nothing to do with its price.